Plumbing Engineer - Columns: October 2014
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Plumbing Engineer - Columns: October 2014

Well-read and eagerly anticipated by all Plumbing Engineer readers, our columns are authored by experts in their respective fields. The columns on this page are updated each month, so check back often.


Ever growing demands
In recent months, I have had conversations with several different people about the ever growing demands put upon consulting engineers. Sadly, engineering fees have not gone up commensurate with these demands. The theory of entropy holds that there is an ever increasing state of ... >> More


Heads in the clouds
Architects seem to relish creating difficulty for the sprinkler folks, particularly when it comes to ceilings. Not happy with a perfectly good smooth flat ceiling, they must transform it into the Sistine Chapel. Years ago, it was vaulted and soffited ceilings. After hours spent trying to get ... >> More


Solar Heat Collectors: Area versus aperture
Every solar heating project inevitably starts with an estimate of collector size. For example, a commonly used “Rule of Thumb” for the heating conditions in Santa Fe is 10 percent of the heated floor area plus 1 square foot per every 2 gallons in the Solar Domestic Hot Water ... >> More


Hot water system temperatures and the codes
I have noticed a lot of misquoting of the plumbing codes when it comes to hot water system temperatures and hot water system controls. There are a lot of people that think the model plumbing codes address domestic hot water system maximum storage temperatures. In fact, I am not ... >> More


The fast rail
The railroad system has been a key part of the evolution of the U.S. However, our passenger rail system is lagging behind many other developed nations. Today, an Amtrak train from Denver to Chicago can be more expensive than flying and the trip can take over 18 hours. ... >> More


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